The Drug Enforcement Commission says it will appeal against a suspended sentence slapped on Ndola Central Member of Parliament Mark Mushili after being convicted of attempting to swindle government of over K300 million.
DEC public relations manager, John Nyawali has expalined that DEC has decided to appeal against the judgment of the Lusaka Magistrate court following the conclusion of consultations with the Director of Public Prosecutions.
“This has been prompted by public outcry demanding a review of the sentence which they have termed lenient considering the fact that honourable Mushili is a Member of Parliament who should live above reproach” Said Nyawali.
Mushili was last week convicted by a Lusaka Magistrate court of attempting to swindle government of over K300 million and sentenced to six months imprisonment with hard labour but suspended for 1 year.
The court further ordered him to do community service at the court premises for 120 hours in default six months imprisonment.
However, several Non Governmental Organizations, Civil Society Organizations and individuals have expressed dissatisfaction with the judgment calling for an appeal.
Nyawali said that the Commission would like to thank the public for the support given in the fight against money laundering but noted that people should know that appeals or review of cases are a prerogative of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Judiciary in some situations.